dammit, who picked this shite?
pedestrian, cliche and wooden.
I'll link my review which pines for a Frank Miller written book as soon as it is live.
P.S. Ru, I am kidding, but you did pick a stinker.
Robocop is one of those fond memories of my youth. While it doesn’t hold up all that well (the special effects are woefully outdated, the acting pretty dreadful, and it’s all a little Brazil-lite by way of Terminator), it certainly is a lot easier to watch than Mike Hodges’s Flash Gordon.
The film was all concept and action. With swift and clever news breaks and ads, it was like watching The Dark Knight Returns in action. Weller’s wooden acting made sense with the rigid moves of the robotic police officer watching over a dystopian nightmare.
The comic presented here is set right after the first movie. I guess we have Robocop 1.5 here. I’m not real sure how it fits into the second movie. Maybe Dynamite has decided to ignore the rest of the franchise or maybe I just remember it wrong. I got a box set upstairs, maybe that is what I can do while snowed in from Snowstorm 2010.
It all smacks of cliche. Which is a shame, because the charm of Robocop was that it overcame its kitsch and familiarity to become something of a cultural icon. It was grim dirty and dangerous. Everything here feels recycled. Even the news blurbs seem to just be taken out of today’s headlines instead of sensationalized like the Enquirer just became the pinnacle of hard hitting journalism. The only shocking thing is an African American Nazi, which just seems wrong, but whatever. In the end, all the players and pieces are in place, I’m just not sure I care.
Comics are a nostalgia business. There is no doubt about it. Comics like this are evidence presented to the court of the outside world. All this book really has going for it is the fond memories of its readers and, unfortunately, this will not help foster warm memories. Maybe I should hunt down the Frank Miller Avatar stuff. Didn’t Juan Jose Ryp illustrate that book? Given its publication period, I bet it is manic and gory; that’s the way I prefer to remember Robocop.